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Meet the ‘ice-meister’, the man behind the perfect sheet of ice

Previews - Winter Olympics Day -5

PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 04: A view of the training rink at Gangneung Ice Arena ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 4, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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You may think it’s just ice, how complicated can that be? Although ice is h2o in a frozen state, during the PyeongChang games the ice has to be just right.

The man behind the magic of perfecting the sheets of ice on the four rinks at the Gangneung Curling Centre is Hans Wuthrich. Adam Rippon wins bronze in team event after Olympic debut

Around the rink he’s known as the ‘ice-meister’ and he plays an extremely crucial role in the Olympics. He is responsible for ensuring that the ice is perfect before each and every competition.

The 60 year old who is working his third Olympic games said he still gets nervous. ‘It’s just like the players, you have to perform or you’re out,” “This is my third Olympics and I still get nervous. You have to be. If you’re not, then you’re not a good ice-maker.”

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